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Four Greenebaum Attorneys Recognized as Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year for 2010


LOUISVILLE, KY:  Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC is pleased to announce that Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named Carolyn M. Brown as the “Lexington Best Lawyers Environmental Lawyer of the Year,” Bruce E. Cryder as the “Lexington Best Lawyers Energy Lawyer of the Year,” Ivan M. Diamond as the “Louisville Best Lawyers Corporate Lawyer of the Year,” and Charles (Chaz) J. Lavelle as the “Louisville Best Lawyers Tax Lawyer of the Year” for 2010. 

After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers is designating “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.”  Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 16th edition of The Best Lawyers in America® (2010), is based on more than 2.8 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.  The lawyers being honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings in surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism and integrity. 

Steven Naifeh, Managing Editor of Best Lawyers, says, “We continue to believe–as we have believed for more than 25 years–that recognition by one’s peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession. We would like to congratulate Carolyn M. Brown, Bruce E. Cryder, Ivan M. Diamond and Charles (Chaz) J. Lavelle on being selected as “Lawyer of the Year” for 2010 in their respective fields of practice.”

Carolyn Brown resides in Greenebaum’s Lexington office and is Chair of the firm's Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Practice Group.  Her practice focuses on all areas of environmental law and includes advice and counseling on regulatory requirements, permitting and transactional issues as well as environmental litigation.  Carolyn received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and her J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law. 

Bruce Cryder resides in Greenebaum’s Lexington office and is a member of the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Practice Group, and is the Energy and Natural Resources Team Co-Chair. His practice focuses on mineral, energy and natural resources law, with a particular emphasis on the coal industry. He represents coal producers, utilities, investors, lenders and others in connection with acquisitions and dispositions, mineral leasing, and commercial transactions of every nature. He also represents his clients in commercial litigation matters.  Bruce received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and his J.D. from Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. 

Ivan Diamond resides in Greenebaum’s Louisville office and is a member of the Corporate and Commercial Practice Group. He is the Banking and Financial Companies Team Co-Chair and the Securities Team Co-Chair. He was an attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. prior to joining the firm. Ivan has represented a wide range of companies in connection with the numerous public and private offerings of equity and debt securities and mergers and acquisitions totaling billions of dollars. He counsels boards of directors on corporate governance and Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance. He has represented corporations in numerous complex transactions, including takeovers and takeover defense, spin-offs and going private transactions.  Ivan received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. 

Chaz Lavelle resides in Greenebaum’s Louisville office and is a member of the Tax and Finance Practice Group. He currently serves as the firm's Federal Tax Team Chair and Insurance Industry Team Chair. He is primarily engaged in federal tax controversy work, but also has an emphasis on the formation, operation and taxation of captive insurance companies. He has resolved scores of cases with the IRS or in the courts relating to federal income, estate, gift and estate taxes, penalties and interest. In addition, Chaz counsels clients in tax planning, particularly for captive insurance companies and their owners.  He is also a past Chair of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.  Chaz received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, his J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law and his LL.M in Taxation from New York University School of Law. 

About Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC
Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC is a widely respected business law firm with approximately 180 professionals in six offices, serving local, national and international clients in virtually every industry. A forward-thinking business law firm, Greenebaum is committed to the practice of Breakthrough Law®.

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